On Thursday, the House approved the National Security and Job Protection Act to address the sequester -- arbitrary across-the-board spending cuts that would contribute to the fiscal cliff, threaten our national security, deprive our nation's troops of critical resources and cause massive layoffs -- scheduled to take effect in January 2013. As you may remember from previous newsletters, House Republicans have worked diligently to replace the sequester. Earlier this year, we passed a package of spending reductions and reforms to take the place of the dangerous cuts, and approved the Sequestration Transparency Act to prepare for the sequester in the event that the Administration refuses to act.
There is a bipartisan agreement that the sequester is bad policy, yet House Republicans are the only ones who have presented and passed a plan to replace the devastating cuts to our national defense and key domestic priorities. The National Security and Job Protection Act requires the Administration to submit a replacement plan to Congress by October 15, 2012. Our servicemen and women -- and all Americans -- deserve more from their President than for him to continually neglect to offer a proposal to replace these harmful cuts.